Yale Valley Community Library

Yale Valley Community Library

In-branch hours

Mon: 2:00 pm-5:30 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Thu: 9:30 am-6:00 pm

Self-service hours

Sun: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Enter the library by scanning your library card or typing in your card number into the door entry pad.

Learn about current library services.


11700 Lewis River Road
Ariel, WA 98603
United States

Branch manager
Jennifer Hauan


Sites: June 28 at 12:00am (Online)
Cancelled! Sites: July 2 at 11:00am (Online)
Sites: July 2 at 3:00pm (Online)
Sites: July 4 at 12:00am (Online) (Off-site)
Sites: July 5 at 12:00am (Online)
Sites: July 5 at 3:00pm (Online)


Yale Valley Library District

Yale Valley Library District (YVLD) is a partial-county, rural library district, created by a vote of the citizens of the Yale precinct of Cowlitz County in May 2003. It is governed by a board of trustees which meets monthly.

YVLD contracts with Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries for services, which include the following:

  • A Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries library card
  • Access to the library catalog from home or work
  • Use of Yale Valley Community Library or any of FVRL's 14 other locations, including libraries in Woodland and La Center.
  • Toll-free phone calls to FVRL's Telephone Information Services: 1-800-921-6211
  • Assistance available at your convenience via web form. See our Contact Us page.

2021: The new Yale Valley Community Library opened in July.

2018: Ground was broken for a new, permanent library building. Learn more about the building project.

2012: Weekly, limited library services at Yale Library Express, located at Yale Elementary School, were established in August.

2003: In May, citizens in the Yale precinct of Cowlitz County successfully voted to form a partial-county, rural library district. Yale Valley Library District contracts with Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries for services, which included bookmobile visits until the Clark County bookmobile was retired in June 2012.

Board of Trustees members, meetings and minutes

The YVLD board is composed of five, five-year positions. Current members are:

  • Eric Reese, Chair
  • Tina Moir, Vice-Chair/Treasurer
  • Kathi Wheeler, Secretary
  • Bob Appling
  • Cynthia McAllister

Members meet on the second Thursday, roughly every other month. An agenda is posted here prior to each meeting.

The meeting schedule for 2022 is:

  • February 10 at 6:00 pm
  • April 14 at 6:00 pm
  • June 9 at 6:00 pm
  • August 11 at 6:00 pm
  • October 13 at 6:00 pm
  • November 10 at 6:00 pm

Minutes from meetings of the prior year are available once they have been approved by the board. Note: minutes are posted in Portable Document Format (PDF) which requires the free Adobe Reader to view.

Legal and financial documents

Policies and bylaws


Financial Statements